“Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

a.aaa-Funny-baby-errorIt was Christmas Eve  but we were stuck in Canadian Tire, waiting  at the auto parts desk, not to buy a present, but to buy a car part Michael needed to fix our vehicle.

Lucy, three weeks before turning two, was sitting  quietly in the shopping cart looking adorable in a  soft, pink snowsuit.  Suddenly she pointed and yelled ,

“Gee mum, that guy is cute!”

Once again my tiny toddler startled and amused me  because her  perfectly articulated words were so incongruent with  her  appearance and  the baby like tone of her voice. I turned around to catch a glimpse of the gentleman who had caught Lucy’s attention and I almost burst into gales of laughter. He was  a thirty year old, skinny, balding, gap-toothed banker type sporting a blond, handlebar moustache, wearing a dark suit and beige trench coat. Everyone within hearing distance glanced in our direction. This young man blushed with  embarrassment  but also with pleasure. With a huge smile, he replied,

“That is the nicest thing anyone has said to me in a long time!”

We all laughed but I thought,

“Where on earth did that sort of idea come from?”

Then it all came together.

One of the after dinner responsibilities, at that stage in our family’s life, was entertaining Lucy so I would be free to act as the ring master to the circus of activity that swirled around our house in the early evening.  Mara and Melissa jumped at the chance to be with Lucy because they would relax, look at catalogues and magazines.  I knew that they pointed out objects and people to Lucy to increase her vocabulary  but  I realized one of their comments must have been,

“THAT guy is cute!”

This incident reveals  one of the disadvantages of a large family; little kids are exposed to pop culture via  their older siblings.

A prime demonstration of this phenomena was during ‘circle time’ in kindergarten. Sometimes the teacher encouraged the children to sing a song, expecting to hear something like “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. She did not get that sort of song from my youngest two.this teacher laughed with amusement as she told me what my two youngest children sang for the other five-year olds.

Anthony sang “Go Grease Lightning” from the movie musical “Grease”.

Lucy sang some pop song about not dating a scruffy looking guy “who sits in the passenger side of his best friend’s car”!

However, there is usually a positive side to everything . My oldest daughters also taught the younger ones a valuable life lesson through the lyrics to this song,

“Don’t settle for the first boy who gives you attention.”

The lesson must have been absorbed because all my girls are very selective when it comes to boyfriends. In high school, if my daughters date, it only lasts a couple of weeks because they find that the boys are typically  “idiots”. Lucy’s English teacher was just teasing her, last month, that she was high maintenance and he pitied her boyfriend. Lucy shot back,

“Don’t worry sir; my boyfriend is like my trampoline.”

Her teacher was puzzled, so Lucy explained,

“I don’t have one!” `

31 thoughts on ““Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

  1. I can so relate to this! My older son (he was in his mid-teens at the time) used to love hanging out with the “baby” while I helped my middle daughter with homework. I found out why he had so much fun with her the day someone said hello to her at the store and she replied, “What up dwag!” made a fist, hit her chest twice and flashed them a peace sign while saying, “Peace out!”. When I asked where she learned that she said “Brother teached me! Brother teached me lots of things!” Of course he was doing it on purpose and it wasn’t the overhear thing, though there was plenty of that as well!

    I love, love, love your daughter’s trampoline response to the teacher!


      1. There’s a giant market for children’s books especially at that age. The short story collection is great too because you get multiple stories for one price. A higher chance that a small child will like something in the book.


      2. now I am grinning ..a series of humourous little books about a large family on a farm + older kids collection of short stories – quirky, slice-of-lifenot overly sweet.. with lilting language, alliteration and a catchy refrain

        iggy the Bold Bunny–


  2. Stories … powerful … that one will transcend many years and never be released from memory. A child speaks to an adult and offers him a gift of being “known” … his glory noticed. Great post. When I grow up I will write kind of like you. Peace


  3. Out of the mouths of babes, eh? What wonderful, Christ-like vision your little granddaughter had of that fellow. I’ll bet her compliment will continue to warm him to his toes for a very long time. Talk about apples of gold! Priceless words indeed.

    I loved the rest of the story, too, but this bit really caught my attention and challenges me to see people “past the exterior” and give life-giving words to others. I can’t say why, but that little vignette moved me to tears…as in sobs. Give her a hug for me!



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